• Yes, all visitors will need a visa to visit Bhutan, except for visitors from India, who will require a permit.
  • Nationals of Bangladesh and the Maldives shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.
  • Nationals of Switzerland and Thailand holding diplomatic and official passports shall be eligible for a visa on arrival at the port of entry.
  • Visitors from India will need a permit to visit Bhutan. This applies to anyone holding an Indian passport, or an Indian voter ID card. For Indian nationals aged under 18 years, a passport or a birth certificate will suffice, and they must be accompanied by legal guardians
  • Visitors can process a visa or permit online from the website of the Department of Immigration. Visitors can also engage tourism service providers such as Bhutan Signature Tours to process travel documents and plan a trip.
  • Although visitors from Bangladesh and Maldives can process visas on arrival and visitors from India can process permits on arrival at the port of entry, it is recommended that these be applied online to reduce wait time and for faster clearance at the port of entry.
  • Yes, there are visitor information centres at the arrival area just before the immigration checkpoint at the airport and at all entry points.
  • A passport copy is required. The passport must be valid for six months from the intended date of departure from the Kingdom;
  • Travel insurance is valid for the duration of the trip; and
  • A recent digital passport-size photograph.
  • The visa fee is USD 40 per person and it is non-refundable. While the process to issue the visa is usually quick, the visa can take up to five working days to process.
  • Visitors from India can use a passport or voter ID card. Children under 18 years of age can use a birth certificate or passport, and must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
  • A passport size photograph is also required.
  • Travel insurance is required and should be valid for the whole duration of the trip.
  • There is also an option to purchase domestic travel insurance from Bhutanese insurance providers at the port of entry during arrivals. There are also tourism information officers stationed at all ports of entry who can assist travellers. Click here to get details on the insurance from Bhutan Insurance Limited.
  • From our reopening on September 23, visitors to Bhutan will make an active contribution to Bhutan’s economic, social and cultural development. The Sustainable Development Fee enables investment in transformative programs that preserve our cultural traditions, protect our heritage and environment, upgrade infrastructure, create opportunities for our young people, and build resilience.
  • Guests from India are levied SDF of Nu. 1,200 or equivalent amount in INR per person per night, which will remain in effect for two years, following which time it may be reviewed and revised in keeping with the principle of the preferential rate after two years.
  • Visitors from all other countries are levied SDF of USD 200 per person, per night.
  • There will be a concessionary levy of 50% on the SDF for children between the ages of 6-12 years and exemptions of SDF for children aged 5 years and below.
  • The SDF funds go to the national exchequer and are allocated to various projects that enhance facilities, services and infrastructure for nationals and guests who visit Bhutan, as well as funding free healthcare and education.
  • The SDF must be paid during the visa or permit application via wire transfer or using a credit card.
  • The SDF must be paid in USD; however, Indians can also pay in INR.
  • A guest who is eligible for a visa on arrival, should also pay the applicable SDF in USD at the port of entry.
  • The SDF will be waived for visitors to the Bhutanese towns bordering India, until the first designated point identified by the Government. The SDF will be levied on visitors spending the night within border towns.
  • All payments can be made directly to the business accounts of the service providers as per the policy of the service provider.
  • The visa or permit will be issued for a maximum of 90 days.
  • The visa or permit extension can be processed by the Department of Immigration before the expiry of the visa or permit, whichever is applicable. The applicable SDF and visa or permit extension fees shall be paid to the Department of Immigration.
  • While the process is usually quite quick for visa or permit extensions, it can take up to five working days.
  • Visitors can extend their stay via the online visa application portal, using the same log-in details that were used to process the original visa or your service provider can apply for you. The SDF payment can also be made via the same portal.
  • A guest or a service provider can process an application for a visa or permit extension.
  • Yes, the SDF will be refunded by the Department of Immigration for any cancelled or shortened trips, and any bank charges will be deducted from the amount that is refunded. A refund request of the SDF shall be submitted online using the immigration system. The refund will be processed only after the exit of the visitors from the Kingdom.
  • There are domestic flights to Bumthang (Central Bhutan), Gelephu, Sarpang (Southern Bhutan) and Yongphula, Trashigang (Eastern Bhutan).
  • Visitors can also book helicopter services for special itineraries.
  • The other option is to hire a local Tour operator who can arrange all the internal transfer and tour programs.
  • It is mandatory to arrange trekking trips that require overnight stays through a local tour operator. The local tour operator can help you with all the logistical support for the hiking or trekking trip.

A guide is strongly recommended for all visitors to Bhutan. This is to ensure that all visitors have a good experience while visiting our country, and see the best that Bhutan has to offer. Guides also help look after the safety and security of the visitors, as there are wild animals in the countryside, and the altitude and landscape can sometimes pose unique challenges. While the guides do not have to accompany visitors for all experiences (such as restaurants and shopping), it is recommended that guides accompany visitors for experiences such as visiting temples and local places of interest, and it is mandatory to have a guide for all trekking activities and for any journeys that extend beyond Thimphu and Paro. For any visitors who enter Bhutan via the land borders, guides are mandatory when the visitors leave the border towns.

  • Bhutan offers a wide range of accommodation facilities, from luxurious 5-star hotels to cosy homestays in traditional village settings.
  • Guests must stay in an accommodation certified by TCB or if trekking, camp at the designated areas only.
  • Although we recommend all visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to help stop the spread of the disease, there are now no COVID-19 vaccination requirements for adults or children to enter Bhutan from September 23, 2022.
  • However, all individuals (12 years and above) entering Bhutan may be subjected to random RT-PCR testing at the formal points of entry or at the worksite to maintain COVID-19 surveillance for new variants. No fee shall be charged for the RT-PCR testing for surveillance.
  • Yes, unvaccinated guests can enter Bhutan and there will be no quarantine period.
  • If a guest tests positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Bhutan, they will be required to quarantine in their hotel until they test negative. The cost for the additional quarantine nights and PCR tests will be borne by the guest. The SDF will be waived during the quarantine period.
  • There will be no COVID-19 protocols to leave Bhutan, unless they will be required by the country the guest is travelling to
  • The official currency of Bhutan is Ngultrum (Nu.) and only the local currency is accepted in the country.
  • International credit cards are widely used in urban areas in Bhutan. However, this service may not be available in other parts of the country.
  • Visitors can also use the digital wallet app called goBoB which can be operated with a local sim card and is also widely accepted throughout the country.
  • Visitors are recommended to inform their card issuer banks about their trip to Bhutan, in order to avoid card usage restrictions by the issuing bank.
  • There is a currency exchange facility at the airport, and currency can also be exchanged at the banks, hotels and at the authorised money changers in the city areas.
  • There are no restrictions on dress code in general. However, respectable dress code covering your knees and shoulders (smart casual) is recommended while visiting temples and religious places.
  • Visitors can get a sim card from visitor information centres on arrival, branch offices of Bhutan Telecom and Tashi Cell or from authorized agents in towns. But for our guests, we provide local sim cards with internet data free of cost.
  • Visitors can bring cash equivalent up to USD 10,000.
  • The Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) outlet, handicraft shops, the OGOP outlets, and the Centenary Farmers Market are some of the popular shopping areas for visitors.
  • Guests are required to process export permits online [https://mocp.doc.gov.bt/] for non-antique products such as statues, ritual objects and religious handicrafts from the Department of Culture before exiting the country.
  • For a detailed list of prohibited, restricted or declarable items, please visit the website of the Ministry of Finance.
  • Visitors can always contact the Tourism Council of Bhutan through info@tourism.gov.bt or call +975 17122257 or 2300 within Bhutan.
  • The hotline number for general inquiries about tourism is +975 17122257 or 2300 if within Bhutan
  1. Medical emergency – 112
  2. Police – 113
  3. Disaster Communication helpline – 999
  • Yes, there are visitor information centres at the arrival area just before immigration checkpoint at the airport and in all entry points.